How not to be­have af­ter you re­sign

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

Peo­ple quit their jobs for var­i­ous rea­sons. Maybe it’s be­cause there’s a bet­ter job of­fer, or be­cause they have an ill fam­ily mem­ber who they need to look af­ter, or maybe work just sucks. Per­haps they’ve heard they are about to get fired and choose to re­sign be­fore the com­pany has the chance to of­fi­cially re­lay the bad news. Many of these same peo­ple do not know how to re­sign pro­fes­sion­ally.

The right way to re­sign pro­fes­sion­ally is by pre­par­ing a for­mal res­ig­na­tion let­ter and by giv­ing a copy of it to your em­ployer with four weeks’ (or what­ever your em­ploy­ment con­tract re­quires) no­tice.

What you should NOT do is act like these fools who re­ally only shot them­selves in the foot with their ridicu­lous an­tics.

Not ad­her­ing to proper dress code: Af­ter sub­mit­ting a res­ig­na­tion let­ter, Amy had two week’s left to work. She started com­ing to work dressed in clothes that could have dou­bled as py­ja­mas. Very in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

You de­cided five min­utes ago: Bob just got a bad re­view. He be­lieves he was un­fairly rep­ri­manded and de­cided to quit. So he did. Just now. With­out con­sid­er­ing his op­tions or hav­ing a new job in the pipe­line. Very risky.

Just stay away: Cari-lee de­cided to not come back to work. No warn­ing, no no­tice, no ex­pla­na­tion. Her com­pany had to con­tact her af­ter they started won­der­ing if maybe she died. Turns out, she started a new job but the one she just up and left, called her new boss and let him know how un­re­li­able Cari-lee re­ally is. 10 brownie points for you if you can guess what hap­pened to that shiny new job af­ter that boss-to-boss con­ver­sa­tion… Very un­pro­fes­sional.

Gos­sip and bad­mouth your com­pany: So Den­zil gave in his res­ig­na­tion last week and hasn’t stopped gos­sip­ing about his col­leagues and boss - to his col­leagues and boss! even af­ter he left, he kept say­ing bad things about his for­mer com­pany to his new co-work­ers. Den­zil was sub­se­quently never in­vited to his new com­pany’s events, and never in­tro­duced to se­nior staff mem­bers for all feared what he’d fab­ri­cate and spread – like, the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion was on the line.

When Den­zil re­alised he was be­ing ex­cluded, he started look­ing for other places to work but couldn’t. Turns out, his last two em­ploy­ers wouldn’t give a pos­i­tive ref­er­ence be­cause Den­zil was al­ways spread­ing neg­a­tiv­ity and scan­dal. No one wanted to trust him. Very child­ish, Den­zil.

Start shout­ing an­grily: evan start­ing scream­ing at his boss. All his col­leagues saw. He’d al­ready re­signed the day be­fore, but to­day he just lost it, yelling ‘good rid­dance’ with what was de­scribed as pretty cre­ative ex­ple­tives. It’s like he for­got he has 2 weeks left be­fore leav­ing, mean­ing all his col­leagues were star­ing and judg­ing him for an en­tire fort­night.

It’s been two years and every­one still talks about him. Very em­bar­rass­ing.

Throw a tantrum: Freddy one-upped evan and ac­tu­ally lost his mind the day he left. Some­thing about this be­ing “the worst com­pany he’s ever worked for.” Well, what he didn’t know was that some­one made a video and up­loaded it onto the in­ter­net. That first week of Freddy’s new job, all his col­leagues some­how dis­cov­ered it… Yikes! Very yikes.

Stop Work­ing: Glenda re­signed one day. Glenda came to work the next day. Glenda sat that whole day do­ing noth­ing: she didn’t fin­ish off her last tasks; she didn’t set up any­thing to smooth the hand over to her suc­ces­sor; and she wouldn’t help any of her col­leagues that asked for an ex­tra hand. Her ex­pla­na­tion: “I mos don’t work here any­more.” Well, three years later her con­tract at the new job ended. She wanted her old job back, but the com­pany re­fused. They were look­ing for a team player and they re­mem­bered that she wasn’t it. Very dis­ap­point­ing.

All these sto­ries have bad end­ings. Here are five more that will end the same way for all of you that dare: threaten the com­pany; in­dulge in re­lent­less so­cial me­dia RANTS; QUIT WHEN DRUNK OR UN­DER THE IN­FLU­ence of any other mood-al­ter­ing sub­stance; SEND THE RES­IG­NA­TION VIA TEXT; TAKE OF­FICE sup­plies – come on, is the sta­pler re­ally worth it?

So al­ways re­mem­ber your man­ners and act pro­fes­sion­ally. or it could come back to bite you when you least ex­pect it. — Ca­

THE right way to re­sign is by giv­ing your em­ployer four weeks no­tice.

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